Suryakumar Yadav and Axar Patel, who play for Mumbai Indians and Delhi Capitals respectively and have some impressive performances in the Indian Premier League 2020 were ignored by the selection committee.
The Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) announced the squad for India’s tour of Australia for all the three formats as injured pacers Ishant Sharma and Bhuvneshwar Kumar and also batsman Rohit Sharma were not selected for any format while dashing wicket-keeper Rishabh Pant was ignored for white-ball formats.
Suryakumar Yadav And Axar Patel Are Ignored Probably For Playing In Wrong Era According To Manoj Tiwary’s Tweet
The selection committee headed by Sunil Joshi picked the squads for all the three formats for India’s upcoming Test, ODI and T20I series against Australia. There were a few surprises as India’s limited-overs vice-captain Rohit Sharma wasn’t included in any of the squads while fast bowler Ishant Sharma, who is a regular in the Test set-up was also not named in the Test squad for 4-match Test series against Australia.
“The All-India Senior Selection Committee met via video-conference on Monday to select the Indian Cricket Team for the upcoming Tour of Australia. Team India will take part in three T20Is, three ODIs and four Test matches against Australia,” a statement released by BCCI said.
However, despite some impressive performances in the Indian Premier League 2020, Mumbai Indians batsman Suryakumar Yadav and Delhi Capitals’ all-rounder Axar Patel were ignored by the selection committee.
Suryakumar Yadav has notched up 283 runs in 11 matches, averaging 31.44 with 2 fifties was supposed to be named as a finisher but missed this time around. All-rounder Axar Patel who has scored 65 runs and taken 8 wickets in 10 matches wasn’t named too as Manoj Tiwary in a tweet blamed them for playing in the wrong era but suggested they could have played alongside competitors. Suryakumar Yadav has 1831 runs in 96 IPL matches averaging 28.6.
The former Bengal skipper was not in the reckoning after missing out in IPL squads in 2019 and 2020 and wasn’t selected in the Indian team after playing 12 ODIs and 3 T20Is, the last of which came in 2015.
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Team India T20I squad: Virat Kohli (Captain), Shikhar Dhawan, Mayank Agarwal, KL Rahul (vice-captain and wicket-keeper), Shreyas Iyer, Manish Pandey, Hardik Pandya, Sanju Samson (wicket-keeper), Ravindra Jadeja, Washington Sundar, Yuzvendra Chahal, Jasprit Bumrah, Mohd. Shami, Navdeep Saini, Deepak Chahar, Varun Chakravarthy
Varun Chakravarthy earned his maiden call in the Indian T20 squad and said that it was a surreal experience after picking 13 wickets in 11 matches including a 5-wicket haul against Delhi Capitals.
Team India ODI squad: Virat Kohli (Captain), Shikhar Dhawan, Shubman Gill, KL Rahul (vice-captain & wicket-keeper), Shreyas Iyer, Manish Pandey, Hardik Pandya, Mayank Agarwal, Ravindra Jadeja, Yuzvendra Chahal, Kuldeep Yadav, Jasprit Bumrah, Mohd. Shami, Navdeep Saini, Shardul Thakur
Hardik Pandya will probably play as a batsman only as he hasn’t bowled in the IPL 2020 and KL Rahul is the only wicket-keeper in ODI squad after ‘overweight’ Rishabh Pant was ignored for white-ball formats.
Team India Test squad: Virat Kohli (Captain), Mayank Agarwal, Prithvi Shaw, KL Rahul, Cheteshwar Pujara, Ajinkya Rahane (vice-captain), Hanuma Vihari, Shubman Gill, Wriddhiman Saha (wicket-keeper), Rishabh Pant (wicket-keeper), Jasprit Bumrah, Mohd. Shami, Umesh Yadav, Navdeep Saini, Kuldeep Yadav, Ravindra Jadeja, R. Ashwin, Mohd. Siraj
Mohammed Siraj of Royal Challengers Bangalore picked 6 wickets in 5 matches including 3/8 in 4 overs against hapless Kolkata Knight Riders which included two maiden overs and 16 dot balls. He earned his maiden Test call up after Ishant Sharma and Bhuvneshwar Kumar were injured and not considered.
Four additional bowlers – Kamlesh Nagarkoti, Kartik Tyagi, Ishan Porel and T. Natarajan – will travel with the Indian contingent according to the official release which stated so.
T Natarajan has 11 wickets in 11 matches while Kartik Tyagi has 7 wickets from 8 matches. Kamlesh Nagarkoti has 4 wickets in 8 matches in IPL 2020. Ishan Porel of Bengal though hasn’t played a game in IPL 2020.